Jenson Button thanked his team for the tactical calls that helped him win the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Speaking in the post-race press conference he said: “It’s good having a couple of weeks’ break because I think it might take me that long to get over tonight!
“This is the first place where I won a Grand Prix, back in 2006, in these sort of conditions. And this is my 200th race and I’ve won here again.
“A great moment. For some reason I like these conditions, don’t ask me why, but it worked out again.
“A great call by the team to put me on the prime [soft] tyre when they did and I think a great call by all of us when we decided not to go to the intermediates.
“All round an amazing weekend. I want to say a big thank you to the whole team: the mechanics, the engineers, everyone within the team has worked so hard to produce the car that we have now. And I think we’re going into the break on a nice high.
“But every day we’re on holiday we’re going to be thinking about Spa, coming back and hopefully doing the same again.”
Button felt he could have won even with the late-race rain shower where Lewis Hamilton made his fateful switch to intermediate tyres:
“It’s very easy to say now but personally I felt at the end of the first stint I was able to look after the tyres for the remainder of the first stint.
“I think about halfway through people started struggling, I was able to push on. And the car felt really good.
“I think I was about three seconds behind Lewis when we pitted on the first stop. I caught him about a second a lap up to that point. So at that point I knew the car was in good shape, it was working well for me.
“And I thought it was a matter of time in the dry conditions for us to get the jump on Lewis because at the end of the stints he was struggling. But obviously it turned out a little bit different with the rain coming down.
“It was pretty difficult on the prime [soft] tyre – those aren’t the conditions for that tyre! But a lot of fun all the same.
“It’s always fun racing with Lewis. I think we’re pretty fair, don’t think we touched this time. And great to come away with a victory this weekend.”
2011 Hungarian Grand Prix
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